A fireside companion: Short story as art form, over 6 new sessions

Sundays, 9.30am to 12 noon: 19th August, 2nd September, 16th September, 30th September, 14 October, 28 October

The Challenging Art of the Short Story: 6-session course with Philomena van Rijswijk, Hobart

The short story is the closest literary form to story-telling. However, the length and the discipline of the short story belie the complexity of the skills needed to create a work of depth, beauty and authenticity. Explore the short story as a distinct and disciplined art form over six sessions. Beginning, practising, lapsed and excommunicated writers are all welcome.

* The shape of the short story – why suspense and twists are a cop-out

* The poetry of the short story – hinting at hidden depths

* Authenticity in your stories – place, time, language, dialogue and paradox

* How loving your characters means loving real people

* Where to start a story – not with a bang and not with a whimper

* Where to finish a story – handing over, and leaving room for the reader

Philomena van Rijswijk is a Tasmanian novelist, poet and short story writer whose work has been published throughout Australia, in Ireland and India, and in Hindi translations. She is an experienced teacher and judge of national short story competitions. Phiilomena has published reviews of fiction and poetry and has been fiction editor of “Coastlines”, an Australian/Indonesian literary magazine. She was a national winner of the inaugural National Year of Reading short story competition in 2011. Her novel The World as a Clockface is described as “an impressive Australian historical fantasy… Van Rijswijk’s style owes more to Garcia Marquez and Borges than to English-speaking writers. … her story is ethereal, quirky and complex.” (Scratch Pad 68, 2008)

Fee: $264 for the six sessions. The Centre is also offering two scholarships for people aged 25 or under, the fee for these is $200.

Bookings: Email or phone 6224 0029, Monday to Thursday.

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